Glasgow Warriors have today revealed plans for a revolutionary new temporary stadium cover for their Scotstoun Stadium home in the west end of the city. The club have been working closely with Scottish architecture firm Kettle Collective, to develop the radical new system and it will be in place from the start of next season. The fish net inspired design was inspired by fishing nets, similar to the Yas Island Hotel at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 resort. The stadium roof will be the first of its kind in the world and is an organic form that will enclose the stadium from the elements. The Warriors moved to Scotstoun in 2012 having previously played at Hughenden and Firhill and with crowds exceeding 6,000, a decision has been made to put a roof over the existing stadium for all home matches from next season. The roof, named the “The Fish Net”, can be put over the stadium 48 hours before a match and then removed easily following the game.
Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said:
“We are looking to grow the club all the time and feel this innovative new system will take us to a whole new level.The new roof at Scotstoun will be in place next season. It is very exciting to see the early planning stages of our new temporary roof which will completely enclose the stadium for matches, meaning players and supporters will be protected from the elements. All around the city of Glasgow there are unique landmarks and the new fish net design will certainly catch the eye.”
A Kettle Collective spokesman said:
“We are delighted to be working on this exciting project with Glasgow Warriors, as we see this being the future of winter sport arenas. It is an innovative iconic form that will provide protection for both the players and supporters alike. We are confident that this will become a great success and will be used at other stadiums across the globe”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said:
“To have an indoor stadium next year will be incredible. It’s a project I’ve been excited about for a long time anDesign has been inspired by the Yas Island Resort I can’t wait to see the finished article. The players are obviously excited about it as well, but we’re still in discussions about the height of the roof. It was reported last year that Duncan Weir can kick the highest in the GUINNESS PRO12, so we’ll want the roof as high as possible in case the situation arises that he’d only be able to play away matches.”
Written by Jeremy Bone & Michael Lamont, Glasgow Warriors